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On Thu, 4 Oct 2012, anne-ology wrote:

      Thanks for this explanation.

      Just thinking ... before the 'phone, folks would ring the doorbell
                                after the 'phone, folks would ring the
'phone ...
                                   so I guess ping is the cross between
ring and pc -
      interesting that's it's ping rather than p-ring p-ring p-ring ...

quotation from "List of computer term etymologies" <>

'The author of ping, Mike Muuss, named it after the pulses of sound made by a sonar called a "ping". Later Dave Mills provided the backronym "Packet Internet Groper".'

probably better to look things up than speculate.

although not sure how reliable wikipedia is. I recall WWII movies where the crew of submarines suffered silently through 'pings' from enemy warships on the surface trying to locate them.


On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Girvin R. Herr <>wrote:

Joel Madero wrote:

A ping is just a quick email (or IRC message, etc...) that says "hey, any
updates", some users even just say "ping" in IRC basically saying "hey,

"ping", another overloaded word:**Ping<>

But those of us in the computer networking field assume:

   Ping, a computer network tool used to test whether a particular host
   is reachable across an IP network

Colloquially, it is used as you define it - to send a quick message to
someone to see what's going on in their life. As in
"I haven't heard from him for a while - I'm going to ping him to see what
he's up to."
Girvin Herr

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